In 1979 my son had his first repair for congenital defects. He is now 33 years old and in need of a heart transplant. Over the course of 33 years he underwent 7 repairs to the heart. The chemicals that were used in the early years ( probably his first 4 repairs) were harsh enough to cause damage to the heart muscle. Today it is comforting to know that because of research and advances the chemicals used today to cleanse the heart are much safer!! It is imperative that research continues so that we may continue to advance in the field of heart disease.
Agreed. Lives were saved years ago, and the methods and medicines used were barbaric when compared to today. Today there are safer more effective medicines, repair methods that are stronger and sometimes less invasive, and recovery time has improved dramatically. It's crazy to think that the heart-lung machine was only invented in 1953. We've come light years since then. There are doctors even doing "beating heart surgery" now. The first heart transplant was only done in 1967. We are often forced to accept the technology of our time, but the good news is that as you said it continues to advance at a seemingly progressive rate. Good luck.